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The Rise of Israel’s Words Warriors

Overlooking incendiary rhetoric is exactly what led to the global delegitimization of Israel.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach debating Richard Dawkins at Oxford, 1996

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach debating Richard Dawkins at Oxford, 1996

Second, the biggest battles for defending Israel today are taking place on college campuses worldwide. But the focus of pro-Israel activism at Universities has been to bring pro-Israel speakers to address student groups. This is a noble effort but is ultimately hampered at many a campus by a fatal flaw. For every one student that come to listen to pro-Israel groups, there are two students that come to protest. The key is to rob them of this victory by inviting Israel’s detractors and their spokespeople to formal debates.

At Oxford, where we witnessed the beginning of the anti-Israel movement on campus which would later sweep the University world, we succeeded in ferocious pro-Israel activism by focusing not principally on speakers but on debates. Our purpose was to demonstrate fearlessness in advocating for Israel’s cause. But things have since deteriorated to such a degree that just last week the Oxford Student Union actually had a vote as to whether or not Israeli academics should be barred from the University.

We must cease being shy about debates and seek them out against Israel’s leading critics. Besides, debates are markedly more interesting than lectures.

The righteousness of Israel’s cause can be established in open argument and Israel can be victorious in the marketplace of ideas. The time has come to passionately engage Israel’s enemies in verbal combat.

About the Author: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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5 Responses to “The Rise of Israel’s Words Warriors”

  1. Never cared for star and fame chaser Boteach….Rabbi Dr A.B.Levy

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amen! Enough is enough..Israel and God's beautiful people have long been maligned and remained silent. I am a true Christian who fears God ( The God of Abraham , Isaac & Jacob) and loves Israel and its beautiful people. Even though some Jews hate us christians for they feel we are all the same and align ourselves with the muslims like some are dong.

    His word so commands us not to have anything to do with those that hate Israel no matter if they come in like in sheep's clothes pretending to be our friends when deep down they hate not only Israel but christians as well. I for one do not and never will support their barbaric rhetoric they pass off for religion..shariah law which dehumanizes women and hates homosexuals to the point of decapitation if one so much as open their mouths to voice their opinions.

    My question is this I may not have Jewish last name but do feel am part of the Jewish people for God's people are my people. Who knows being hispanic may even be traced to some tribe. My prayers are with you and will definitely be on top of such articles coming up in Israel's defense. I may never get to be a spokesperson nor go on broadcast but I do my part on facebook, church or wherever He takes me to speak out against injustice towards humanity. Not just anti-semitic but abortion, homosexuality, women's rights, etc.

    Keep up the excellent work and praise God for this awesome endeavor you are undertaking. May many rise up and be counted as Yaweh's Endtime Diplomatic Warriors. sincerely, mrs. gloria rivera

  3. Yes – it's about time Israel used the internet and media to straighten out the facts, as they are doing now. Ask God for the wisdom of Solomon to provide answers. "The pen is mightier than the sword." Let the truth go viral!

  4. Yes – it's about time Israel used the internet and media to straighten out the facts, as they are doing now. Ask God for the wisdom of Solomon to provide answers. "The pen is mightier than the sword." Let the truth go viral!

  5. Absolutely correct, Rabbi Boteach!

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